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Old 05-19-2011
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Redrockets 5.0 build & swap

Well i geuss that time has come for me to do one of these project threads.. last winter i picked up a 88 ranger 2wd manual every thing with the 2.0 carbed motor. for 200.00 bucks.
Sense before i found a truck i had been gathering parts for the swap. About a month ago i have the motor back from machine shop and put together. also have all my parts in. so now its just a matter of takeing the old one out and stuffing the 5.0 in.. ill up date this as more i make more progress.

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when i first got her little ruff but that can be fixed

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the old radio didnt work and was ducked taped in the dash.. so tour all of that out and wired in a pioneer head unit i had laying around

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the old seats were shot. had tears in em and smelt like something died on em.

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installed some black carpet i had laying around for the time being im going to order some molded carpet later down the rd. sense i had my old 00 ranger seats siting around i decided to mod the tracks and make em bolt in the 88 turned out nice i thank lot better than em other seats.

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done some body work and got the truck in primer.. thank god its not white any more..
fyi the pic was took before the whole truck was finished beging primed

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geting the 5.0 out of moms old 84 ltd crown vic

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5.0 out ready to be took apart

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block ready to go to machine shop.. took 3 months to get it back lol

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while i was waiting for the block to get done. i painted all the pullys and painted the alt.. then made a lamp out of the old cam shaft and smog pump well used the pully off of it

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got block back ready to be put together

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cam, crank, pistons and rods installed

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oil pan and oil pump and timeing chain and timeing cover installed

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heads installed and waterpump installed ready for paint

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intake, valve covers,headers , and carb is just siting their.. motor ready to be installed

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picked up a rad and a efan and a explorer powersteering box.. that manual steering has got to go.

hopefully in the next 2 weeks ill get started on the install. hope to get started on it after the knox meet.
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I think you may have accidentally posted pictures of the wrong truck...I believe your 2000 is the recipient of the 5.0. No biggy, easy fix, you can thank me later.....


Looks like a fun build! Any other plans for the truck? Lift, lower, sleeper, SAS? And what tranny are you going with? T5 T5 T5 T5 lol
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i didnt see anything on the motor internals...did you just do a stock rebuild or did you build it up a little bit
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nice work man hollar at me if you need anything
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I think you may have accidentally posted pictures of the wrong truck...I believe your 2000 is the recipient of the 5.0. No biggy, easy fix, you can thank me later.....

Looks like a fun build! Any other plans for the truck? Lift, lower, sleeper, SAS? And what tranny are you going with? T5 T5 T5 T5 lol
i would love to 5.0 the 2000 but dude to the inspection crap here in nc on 96 and up trucks its not worth the trouble. t5 will be installed later down the rd. sense i cant find one around here in my price range and i have a nice rebuild aod i got for free. when it decides to puke ill change it over to a t5


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i didnt see anything on the motor internals...did you just do a stock rebuild or did you build it up a little bit
oh woops i forgot that lol... its bored .30 over with a mild cam nothing too fancy with some valve work in the stock heads.. later down the road when i find some gt40 heads ill swap em out..
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Sounds solid!!
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Ewwwww.................do I foresee "Dualling Burnouts"?

What ya want for the MS box & arm?
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Ewwwww.................do I foresee "Dualling Burnouts"?

What ya want for the MS box & arm?
ya tim lol now you wont be the only v8 at the meets any more lol.. as for the steering box i dont know yet.. let me get this swap done and make sure this new box is going to work..
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That's just awesome!! Diggin the new project.
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Heck yeah man truck is going to be awesome.another 1st gen v8 on the block. I think yours will get done a whole lot faster than mine will haha.

Side note. Bronco graveyard has pre molded carpets for Like 120 bucks.
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Heck yeah man truck is going to be awesome.another 1st gen v8 on the block. I think yours will get done a whole lot faster than mine will haha.

Side note. Bronco graveyard has pre molded carpets for Like 120 bucks.
sweet, ill check em out.. ive been watching your build thread that thing is going to be sweet
when you get it finished
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Extended cab carpet is 145. Still not bad though
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Thats a good deal for $200!! Defiantly gonna follow this build!
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Extended cab carpet is 145. Still not bad though
na not too bad
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well got a lot of work done this weekend.. ended up geting the old 2.0 out and geting the 5.0 down into its new home and boy they arnt kidding about clearance problems this is one long motor. gotta tuck the rad under the core support but its where its going to set i let the drive shaft figure out where the motor is going to sit and went from their
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the old tired 2.0 almost out
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out and good bye.. that had to be the most weekest motor i have ever had
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5.0 going in for the last and finale time
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in now to wire it and make a trans mount
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With these body style rangers, all you hve to do is notch out both sides of the core support and slid the rad. Right down in the slot. That's the only way I'm going to be able to squeeze a radiator in mine. Unless I do e-fans and a radiator in the bed.

How come you didn't put your headers on before you dropped the motor in?
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nice! its coming along great
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With these body style rangers, all you hve to do is notch out both sides of the core support and slid the rad. Right down in the slot. That's the only way I'm going to be able to squeeze a radiator in mine. Unless I do e-fans and a radiator in the bed.

How come you didn't put your headers on before you dropped the motor in?
to have more room to they will fit and are easy to get at
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[QUOTE=Redrocket;1857045]to have more room to they will fit and are easy to get at[/QUOTE]

Oh ok gotcha. I guess on mine ill be having a body lift, so Ill be able to bolt them on before I throw the motor in. Looks good though. Is that just rattle can high temp paint?
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ya i sprayed the firewall bechind the motor with it before i sat it in their
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This looks awesome. :D
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well worked on the truck again today. got the heater box back in after i cut the ac stuff out of it and patched in the big hole with sheat metal. it will work till i can get to the yard and pick up a non ac heater box and just heat it up with a heat gun... also got the shifter installed for the auto trans and got the tv cable installed on the trans and ran up to the motor. and went on the hunt for upper and lower rad hoses. ended up geting some universal hoses sense the others i tryed didnt have the bends i needed.. also got some of the wireing finished. still waiting on the e fan and throttle cable bracket kit for the carb and a new oil filter recloation kit sense summit sent me the wrong one.. ill get some pics up in the next few days after i get back from the knox meet.. looks like next week she should be runing again.
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heck yeah man. your going to have to get some video clips of it laying down a little rubber. I cant wait to have a big block to throw that big block in mine
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well had a few electrical bugs but after that i finaly got to hear her fire up and run.. she sounded mean... now gotta finish some wireing and waiting on my throttle cable bracket to come in then should be able to take her for a drive
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